The grand entrance with a sports cars and walking down the wedding aisle with my head held high. The moment I got the preliminary marriage certificate and the announcement as husband and wife as the pyrotechnics goes off.
Yes, we went on a cruise to the Portuguese islands, it was a magical experience, I have always wanted to go on a cruise and to finally have that dream come true was truly amazing. The sound of the ocean and swimming in the sea was something I will never forget.
I wanted a traditional yet modern look, and I had a plait with both jewelry and flowers, my attire was a lenga which had different colours to make it look unique and yet still bridal with the red. My hair and makeup along with jewelry was supplied by Beauty and bridal studio. Mt wedding lenga was purchased from Enens in Umhlanga. My Mendhi was done by Yuvna Henna which incorporated a modern yet traditional look.
I got married at The Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple Society Hall, I did have numerous of guests over and they were accommodated at my residence.
I would ensure I had atleast 2 litres of water a day to keep my body and mind rejuvenated. I also utilized Himalaya products to keep my skin glowing and to give me a more natural look. I tried to avoid unhealthy foods and I practiced moderate exercises.
There was a fully customized crystal stage planned and created by myself with the help of my partner. We additionally requested for Parker lighting, the stage had laminated flooring, there was ceiling to floor draping with crystal chandeliers, Crystal themed center pieces with mirror bases for each table, Pyrotechnics and smoke machine's for the bride and groom's entrance. We also had a Ganesha statue on stage to give it a traditional yet modern look with emphasis on having God bless our union while the ceremony rituals took place.
The groom opted for the modern traditional suit( Sherwani) with the traditional colours of red, burgundy , and a deep gold which was purchased from NISSA Fashion Studio in Stamfords Hill, Morningside. In an Indian wedding we don't generally have Groom's men however, Groom's brothers decided on a modern non traditional suit.
There are generally no bridesmaids in an indian wedding, However, the Mother and sister of the bride wore traditional wear which was also purchased from NISSA Fashion Studio. Mother of the bride wore a teal and burgendy sari and the sister of the bride wore a lilac lenga with silver intricate beadwork. They wanted something unique and did research on the different traditional wear and the colours that they would like for the day.
Our marriage officer was Mr Pillay he is also a local priest.
G & V Creations captured the photo's magnificently and ensured photo's with family as well as friends. They also ensured we had an exciting time on our photo-shoot after the wedding as we took photo's off Durban's beachfront at enchanted Gardens opposite the exquisite Elangeni Hotel. Our Photographer is very creative and has a passion for what he does, he also did pre-wedding shoots with us which consisted of a location shoot, clothing shoot and studio shoot. This was done to capture our time together and his photo's show our love for each other as well as our attire preparation for the wedding. We did not feel the need for a photo booth as we ensured photo's were taken with family and friends and considering that most people like selfies there was several photo's taken by family and friends from their phone's.
No, we did not feel the need as we planned everything according to how we would like things done and have been planning for a long time so we knew exactly what we wanted. We ensured we did our research and made appointments with various suppliers and finalized with the best.
I had been driven to my wedding in a BMW M4 Black Coupe. I have never sat in a sports car and it was truly luxurious and the drive was not only quick but smooth. We made a grand entrance and had a personalized number plate with our names.
The caterer we chose was local, Ashmik Caterers. They made delicious food and have had good reviews. The wedding cake was made by my cousin, Shamika Mangal Cakes, the cake was 3 tiers with a deep red and gold colour and had traditional artwork designs on it with a MR and MRS Sign at the top of the cake.
The wedding cards were imported but the printing and designing of the inside of the card was done by the Bride and Groom, Our cards were made of both wood and paper. A rich red in colour sweet-box with glittery Gold artwork was on each plate which was bought off the shelf, however, it was pre-packed by us with traditional sweets. We also included thank you cards designed by the Bride and Groom.
We did not have a party after the wedding as Indian weddings. We consider the wedding ceremony as a celebration whereby rituals are conducted and there is also a wedding reception at the same time . Our music was done by Soundbox and the lighting was supplied by our Caterer Ashmik Catering. The music played was both traditional and modern with a blend of Hindi and Tamil music. We had made special requests for certain songs as we walked down the aisle. Our speeches were also pre-recorded and played by Soundbox.